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How to Conflict Proof Your Congregation


How can congregational leaders make needed changes without incurring wrenching conflict?
If we want to be successful in our efforts to transform our congregations we will never attempt to do it alone, we will set an invitational tone, we will take the time to learn the system, and we will nest our community’s need for change in the sacred stories of our own religious tradition.

LEARNING Objectives

  1. Participant will discover how a healthy tree can serve as a metaphor for a church’s organizational system. 
  2. Participant will have an understanding of the difference between Family Systems and Organizational Systems. 
  3. Participant will learn why “as goes” the leadership so goes the church,” both clergy and lay. 
  4. Participant will learn why congregations are more likely to polarize than in past generations. 
  5. Participant will explores ways that structure allocates power and authority as well as accountability.
  6. Participant will understand the impact that congregational change in structures in the last 5 year increases the likelihood of conflict.
  7. Participant will have an understanding of general systems theory. 
  8. Participant will exam the metaphor of congregational culture using an Iceberg diagram.
  9. Participant will learn why to understand change you must understand the congregational environment. 
  10. Participant will explore the Change Dynamic Curve and why we should never demonize those who oppose change. 
  11. Participant will learn definition of Agents of Stability.
  12. Participant will understand why the critical middle is so important in implementing change. 
  13. Participant will understand that to manage change and conflict we have a manage ourselves. 
  14. Participant will understand why to earn the right to make change…you must first learn the culture. 
  15. Participant will see that EQ is more predictive than IQ for success in leadership.
  16. Participant will understand that disagreement is normal with help on exploring ways to avoid escalation.
  17. Participant will explore why some change becomes conflict and others do not? 
  18. Participant will learn the four Ts that can help conflict-proof a congregation. 

CEU Information

This presentation qualifies for 0.1 CEU credit toward CCA certification and retention. Please  refer to certification guidelines to insure you are in proper compliance for credit. After completing the course you will be offered a CEU request form to complete and make your request.

CPE credit is not available for e-lab programs.